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UN chief warns of 'chaotic' world order as General Assembly opens

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday opened the world's largest diplomatic gathering with a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion as the rules-based global order comes under threat of breaking down.

Defiant Australian paper reprints 'racist' Serena cartoon

Melbourne - An Australian newspaper defiantly republished a controversial cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams on its front-page Wednesday, slapping aside "politically correct" accusations that the drawing was racist and sexist.

Patriotic tunes but no bed-lam for Ikea's Indian debut

Hyderabad - Ikea's first Indian outlet opened on Thursday, with more than 200 eager shoppers queueing in the underground car park to escape the heat as a military band played a crowd-pleasing medley inside.

Stocks slide as Wall Street fears worsening US-China trade spat

New York - Wall Street was sharply lower at the open on Monday as the spiraling trade dispute between Beijing and Washington weighed on global stocks.

OPCW starts emergency talks on Douma attacks: diplomatic sources

Den Haag - The global chemical arms watchdog on Monday opened emergency talks on the suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, diplomatic sources told AFP.The meeting has "just started," said one source as the closed-door talks went into session.

Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water was the big winner with four Oscars

Los Angeles - Hollywood was sprinkled with stardust Sunday as the film industry's A-listers came out for the Oscars, hosted by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, who opening monologue targeted disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Students in emotional return to Florida massacre high school

Pompano Beach - Students made an emotional return Wednesday to Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where they were greeted by heavy security and well-wishers bearing flowers, two weeks on from a shooting which killed 17 people.

World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

New York - Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea.

Kenyans begin voting in tense general elections

Nairobi - Kenyans began voting on Tuesday in general elections, with a tight, bad-tempered race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga sparking fears of violence.

Rwanda's Kagame in landslide poll win with around 98% of votes

Kigali - Rwandan President Paul Kagame sailed to a third term in office with a tally hovering around a whopping 98 percent of votes, partial results showed Saturday.

Trial begins of staff from Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet

Istanbul - Seventeen directors and journalists from Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper went on trial Monday charged with terror-related offences in what is seen as a key test of press freedoms under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Polls open in Venezuela opposition vote

Caracas - Polls opened in Venezuela on Sunday in an opposition-organized vote to measure public support for President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, against a backdrop of worsening political violence.

FIFA begins vote to choose new president

Zurich - Voting started Friday in the election for FIFA's new president, with 207 national associations approved to cast ballots at the congress in Zurich where Sepp Blatter's replacement will be chosen.

Polls open in New Hampshire U.S. presidential primary

Manchester - Voting began in New Hampshire on Tuesday in the first US presidential primary, where Donald Trump leads the packed Republican field and Bernie Sanders was polling ahead of Hillary Clinton.

Polls open for crucial Turkey parliamentary election: AFP

Diyarbakir - Polling stations opened in eastern Turkey on Sunday for one of the most crucial elections in years, as the deeply divided country confronts a bloody wave of jihadist attacks and a renewed Kurdish conflict.

Polls open in cliffhanger Greek election

Atenas - Polls opened nationwide in Greece's general election on Sunday, with the leftist Syriza party seeking to return to power in a neck-and-neck race against conservative New Democracy and a gauntlet of tough economic reforms looming. Over 9.

European stocks jump at open

London - European equities climbed in opening deals on Wednesday in a global rally spurred by bumper gains in Tokyo.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index leapt 1.68 percent to 6,249.02 points in initial trade.In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 soared 2.

European stocks gain ground after Athens bailout vote

London - Europe's main stock markets advanced at the start of trading on Thursday after Greek MPs voted in favour of an austerity-laden bailout package.In opening trade, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.28 percent to 6,772.

Polls open in Britain's knife-edge election

London - Polls opened Thursday in Britain's closest general election for decades with voters set to decide between the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband's Labour and a host of smaller parties.

Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Lagos - Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

U.S., Cuba resume normalization talks in Washington

Washington - U.S. and Cuban negotiators on Friday opened a second round of historic talks aimed at overcoming half a century of enmity and restoring full diplomatic ties.

Refugee protest at Australian Open final

Melbourne - Play was held up during the Australian Open men's final on Sunday when a banner was unfurled protesting against the treatment of refugees, with one person jumping on centre court.

Channel Tunnel passenger services resume after fire

Lille - Passenger train services through the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain resumed early Sunday, a day after a lorry fire forced the crucial link's closure and suspension of all trains, operator Eurotunnel said.

Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

- Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

Airspace over Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano reopens

Reykjav - Iceland reopened the airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano system Friday afternoon, lowering a red alert declared earlier following a small overnight eruption.

Voting opens in independence referendums in eastern Ukraine

Donetsk - Voting opened Sunday in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels to split from the rest of Ukraine, polls the US slammed as "illegal" as the West fears they could spark civil war in the former Soviet republic.

US stocks jump on good retail sales, Citigroup profits

New York - Wall Street stocks Monday opened decisively higher following a big jump in US retail sales and a better-than-expected earnings report from Citigroup.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 83.52 points (0.

Polls open in Costa Rica's one-candidate presidential vote

San Jos - Voting got under way in Costa Rica on Sunday, where historian and former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solis faced no opposition in the country's presidential run-off election.

U.S. stocks rise as ADP report shows jobs pickup in March

New York - U.S. stocks Wednesday rose in early trade after a report showed a pickup in job creation in the private sector in March.About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 19.94 (0.12 percent) to 16,552.55.

U.S. stocks mixed after ADP jobs report

New York - U.S. stocks Wednesday opened mixed as investors looked ahead to Friday's monthly labor market report following moderate job growth data in the private sector.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 17.94 points (0.
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